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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Michael Kieran Harvey

tasmania.citysearch.com.au > The Arts

In 1993, thanks to the urging of a colleague and a taste for the music of Frank Zappa, Michael Kieran Harvey entered the Ivo Pogorelich piano competition. As it was open only to professionals and boasted the world's richest prize money for a classical piano competition, a modest Harvey didn't rate his chances. However, deciding it was a good excuse to go to the US, Harvey's plan was to meet with an ailing Zappa and secure permission to interpret some of his work on the piano. Unfortunately, Zappa died the day of the finals, which Harvey went on to win.
Over the last decade, Harvey has continued his unconventional ways, performing an eclectic repertoire of contemporary classics and recognised masterworks to audiences around the world. As part of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music's visiting artists recital program Harvey accompanies distinguished violinist Miwako Abe for an evening of outstanding classical music. Abe, who came to Australia in 1982, is equally well credentialled and is currently head of the String Department at the Victorian College of the Arts. Abe performs frequently on ABC Radio, as well as on overseas networks, and as a young violinist caught the attention of Yehudi Menuhin and was selected for his BBC Television masterclass.

If you're a lover of classical music or just looking to explore it for the first time, the visiting artist's recital provides a great opportunity to renew your vows or perhaps discover a new squeeze.


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